Gainful Employment Series: Making the First Step Easier

Jason A. Batalden on Nov 18, 2019 10:16:00 AM

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"The first step is always the hardest.” The origin of this English phrase is believed to have been uttered by the 3rd century martyr, St. Denis, who was decapitated. As legend has it, following his decapitation, St Denis picked up his head and proceeded to carry it for a distance. For what purpose and for how far he and his detached head traveled, no one seems to know; however, if St. Denis did in fact utter this phrase, then he meant it quite literally.

Though not quite as serious as martyrdom, writing a resume can almost feel just as difficult.

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Women Laborers Deconstructing Gender Roles

Sammy Rich on Nov 11, 2019 9:43:00 AM

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November 11-17th is National Apprenticeship Week, and Continuing Education and Workforce Training would like to take the time to appreciate the fantastic apprentices in our program. Thank you, apprentices, for all of your hard work and dedication!

There has been a boom of women working in the construction industries, with the amount of women in the trades being the highest it has been in 20 years (Hegewisch, 2019).

Though progress has been made, there is still a large gap between men and women in the trades. While more women were entering these fields, still fewer than 1 in 20 (or 3.4%) laborers are women (Hegewisch, 2019).

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Gainful Employment Series: Growth Mindset and Professional Development

Sammy Rich on Oct 14, 2019 9:15:00 AM

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Feeling stuck in a rut and don’t know how to get out? Consider changing your mindset.

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Gainful Employment Series: Burnout, and How to Avoid it

Do you struggle with workplace stress and anxiety? Feel like you hate your job? You just might be experiencing workplace burnout.

Elizabeth Scott, MS, defines burnout as, “...a reaction to prolonged or chronic job stress and is characterized by three main dimensions: exhaustion, cynicism (less identification with the job), and feelings of reduced professional ability”.

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New Class Highlight: Certified Family Home Assistance w/Meds

Jennifer Ibeabuchi on Jun 28, 2019 11:16:16 AM

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Serving as a Certified Family Home Assistant is one of the most rewarding jobs you can do. That is why CEWT’s new Certified Home Assistance with Meds course is here to help you follow your calling of caring for others.

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The Many Different EMT Careers

Just like we associate apples to teachers and red fire trucks to firemen, we pair the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) to the ambulance. And while EMTs can certainly be found anywhere an ambulance is, these workers can be found in many other settings as well. For those of you who are looking to become an EMT or those who are interested in the types of careers where they can be found, read on!

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The Benefits of Starting Your Career Early

Stephanie Bachman on Jul 3, 2017 9:43:00 AM

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My husband learned to drive a tractor when he was 14 years old. He possessed 1500 acres of farmground alongside his dad and brother by the time he was 24. Now, at 26, he possesses 2500 acres due to entreprenual skills and work ethic.

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5 Careers Related to Drone Piloting

Annile Anderson on Jun 16, 2017 10:38:00 AM

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Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are quickly becoming popularized today, and for good reason. There is so much that can be done with them. Many drones are like video recorders attached to remote controlled planes. The concept sounds like a glorified toy, but it is used for many serious things like the military and security surveillance. There are other significant uses for drones as well.

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The Psychology of a Nurse

Jena Hintze on Jan 5, 2017 4:05:52 PM

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Do you remember those career aptitude tests you took in high school? The one that said you were meant to be a librarian or a counselor…not the movie star like you always imagined? We think those are great, but as you grow out of the indecisive teenage years into the still indecisive, but more urgent decision making years of adulthood, sometimes you want a little more information. Rather than categorize your future for you, we’ve outlined the psychology of a nurse, the traits that help someone thrive in this position. Then, if you’ve been curious if you would look good in a pair of scrubs, you can make an educated decision on your future…for yourself.

Communication Skills

First and foremost, nurses have to be able to communicate with and understand others well. They deal with a lot of different people who need a variety of things from them and may not always be able to communicate their needs. The doctor they’re working with will need the nurse’s assistance with the patient’s care; the families need reassurance and clear explanation of what’s going on with their loved one; and the patients are counting on their nurse to listen and act on their needs.

Flexibility

One of the best things about being a nurse is that every day there will bring something new. There is always a new patient, a new problem to solve, or a new shift to cover. Rolling with the punches and adapting to an ever-changing career field is a key ingredient for a successful nurse. There is also a continuing education expectation to be met so if you have a love for learning you will thrive in this position.

Attention to Detail

Patience and a watchful eye are crucial aspects of nursing. When it is literally life and death, the number of pills given to a patient cannot be miscounted. Clocks must be watched carefully to be sure check-ins are done promptly. Charts must be scrutinized to ensure accuracy. The well-organized and efficient individual will excel in this role.

Physical Endurance

One thing is certain about a nursing position…it’s not a desk job. From standing for hours assisting in procedures to helping patients walk the halls to regain mobility, a nurse is always on the move and rarely still. The fitness enthusiast will be happy in a position such as this that requires so much physicality.

Compassion and Empathy

Oftentimes, people in the nursing industry feel drawn to the work. The care of the helpless stirs something in their hearts and their compassion takes over. Nursing is a demanding position that engages you emotionally as plans and caring attentiveness for patients’ care do not always result in a happy ending. But seeing the difference that you make when the outcome is successful is rewarding ten-fold. If you feel strongly for others and are quick to offer a helping hand, a profession in nursing will be most fulfilling for you.

Stats and Figures

Among the many abstract benefits of becoming a nurse, the compensation is excellent. According to a 2015 study a nurse makes an average of $67,000 every year. The industry is expected to grow by 19% by 2022 and there is a fair amount of flexibility with scheduling as most companies and hospitals that hire nurses are open 24/7. Certified Nursing Assistants, the prerequisite training for our LPN and RN programs, average $12.36/hour in Southeastern Idaho and you get started on an exceptional career path.

Now you know the traits of a nurse. If you’re thinking this could be the right career for you, we’ve got the best way to get started. The Certified Nursing Assistant program at Idaho State University is 12-16 weeks long and the course fee is only $600. With our payment plan options, you could get started as soon as next week. It’s the perfect way to test the waters and see if this is the path for you. Plus, it funnels into the LPN, ADRN, and BSRN programs. Click here to be taken to our registration page to learn even more about this exciting and growing career!

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Dental Assisting

Bethany Skidmore on Jul 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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When you see employees in the dentist’s office, you might assume they’re either dentists or hygienists. Many of us try to avoid the dentist as actively as possible, so it’s easy to misunderstand that many of the employees we see talking to patients and performing basic procedures are actually dental assistants. Dental assisting is essential medical work that you can learn easily and quickly, and then have a well-paying job for much longer.

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